The Vatican has denied the statement of the MFA of Ukraine on support of the autocephaly of

© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Castinplace in photomontage parishioners of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate in Kiev. Archival photoThe Vatican has denied the statement of the MFA of Ukraine on support of the autocephaly of© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Castinplace the image Bank

The Embassy of the Holy see in Ukraine denied the statement of the Ukrainian foreign Ministry that the Vatican «respects» the decision of Kiev on the establishment of an Autocephalous Church.

Earlier, the Ukrainian foreign Ministry said that foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin met with the Secretary for interstate relations of Vatican Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher. Following the meeting, the Agency announced that the Holy see «respects the decision of the Ukrainian people regarding the establishment of a unified national Church.»

«The Apostolic Nunciature in Ukraine once again confirms the position repeatedly expressed by the Holy see, for whom the question of creating a single Ukrainian Orthodox national Church is an internal matter of the Orthodox Church, which the Holy see has not given and does not intend to provide any assessment,» — said in the message published on the website of the Nunciature.

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is trying to achieve recognition of non-canonical religious structures and of establishing a local Autocephalous Church in Ukraine. Earlier, the Patriarchate of Constantinople «in preparation for the granting of autocephaly» was appointed its Exarch in Kyiv. In addition, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has stated that it intends to provide Ukraine Autocephalous. In the UOC called such actions by invading the canonical territory of other local churches and called on Patriarch Bartholomew to stop meddling and «exarchs» of the Patriarchate of Constantinople to leave Kiev.

The Russian Orthodox Church, in turn, went to the actual «break diplomatic relations» with the Patriarchate of Constantinople. The Synod of the Russian Church announced a cease commemoration of Patriarch Bartholomew during the Patriarch’s divine services. In addition, a decision was made to exit from the structures, which is chaired by the representatives of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church with Constantinople was in this crisis only once in all its more than thousand-year history.

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Synod of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church abroad, the Holy Synod of the UOC has suspended the service with the bishops of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

The Vatican has denied the statement of the MFA of Ukraine on support of the autocephaly of© RIA Novosti / Vitaly Policypro Autocephalous

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